Hamish de Bretton-Gordon

Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is a chemical weapons adviser to NGOs working in Syria and Iraq. He is a former commanding officer of the UK Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Regiment and NATO's Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion. 

Battle for Mosul

Chemical dangers in the battle for Mosul

As Iraqi forces close in on Mosul, the possibility of chemical weapons use looms large.

War & Conflict

We must not let chemical weapons to become the 'norm'

UNSC and international community must to be bold in the face of increasing use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq.

Humanitarian crises

Remembering Halabja chemical attack

Chemical weapons are the ultimate psychological weapon for those who are willing to use them.

War & Conflict

Safe havens are needed in Syria - more than ever

Russian plane crash and the US Special Forces' deployment in northern Syria should make safe havens possible.

War & Conflict

We're missing the point about Syrian refugees

The solution is not opening up Europe's borders; it's defeating ISIL and removing Assad from power.


Ghouta chemical attack: Two years onward

Without collective international action, peace in Syria could still be a long way off.

War & Conflict

Kept promises: Nuclear non-proliferation

Focus of the NPT should now be on preventing improvised nuclear devices from falling into the hands of terrorist groups.


Will Kurds be the decisive factor in fighting ISIL?

Supporting the Kurds and Free Syrian Army on the ground is essential to win against ISIL.

War & Conflict

Is ISIL winning the psychological battle?

Global opposition can counter ISIL's psychological campaign by taking away its mythos of fear.


Don't let ISIL terror attacks surprise us

Vigilance and effective mitigation strategies can provide resilience to ISIL's threats to the capitals of the world.

War & Conflict

It's time for a No Fly Zone in Syria

Assad's military assessment will have to change if he can't use his airforce on the battlefield.